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If money were no object and I could travel to any time and place, I would go back in time to the beginnings of human civilization. I think it would be fascinating to see how early people figured out how to work together for mutual benefit. While this was obviously a very slow process, through which people slowly developed language to communicate and became more interdependent in the process, I would like to travel to multiple different times and places during which this development was taking place to see how it progressed. It would also be fascinating to see how people developed tools, shelter, and other technological advancements in early human history. Did people develop tools and shelter before learning to work together, or as a result of collaboration?

I think being able to see how people came to work together and develop language and society would provide a fascinating perspective on and understanding of humans today and why people began to work together and associate together in the ways that they do today. I would then continue my trip from seeing the beginnings of language and
civilization to see some of what we today call the first real societies in history. Since most of these developments occurred before humans began writing things down and keeping records of what they were doing, very little is known about exactly how it is that humans developed language and began to work together, so I think it would be
absolutely fascinating to be able to witness these developments taking place and understand how it is that they happened.

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  1. Lindsay S. says:

    This is a really interesting post because it’s so true that it would be very useful and fascinating to learn more about how civilization and formal language were first formed. I know that I tend to take the modern world for granted and do not think about how my ancestors collaborated with one another to create language. This sheds light on how every future generation has it easier and easier because we just build off of the achievements of those who preceded us.

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